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A few tips from Alps2Alps

Alps2Alps: How to get Prepared to be a Ski Instructor Through the Summer Months

Ready to quit your boring office job and head to the mountains? Or perhaps you’ve just finished university and are looking for an alternative way of seeing the world? Training to be a ski instructor brings with it a life of action, adventure and a whole lot of fun.
But how can you prepare for your course to ensure you get the most out of it you possibly can? We’ve gathered together some tips and advice on how to get prepared to be a ski instructor over the summer months so you’re ready to go when the time comes.

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When do Courses Start?

Typically, courses start in Autumn and Winter when the ski season kicks in and snow conditions are good.

Preparing for the Course
Before you get started on your journey to becoming a ski instructor, there are a few practical things to tick off your list;
Find the right skis or snowboard for you
The right skis could make all the difference between having a good time and a great time on your course. Well fitting skis help to prevent injuries and improve technique – both vital if you plan to be on the slopes all day.

Get comfortable ski clothing and boots
Just as important is finding comfortable clothing that works for you. Take some time over the summer to research brands and read reviews of different ski-wear brands. They don’t have to be expensive to do the job!

Don’t forget to secure ski insurance!

Stay protected on the slopes! Securing travel insurance that includes winter sports is essential for your upcoming course. After all – skiing is notorious for causing the occasional injury!

Fitness and Endurance

One of the best things you can do to help yourself in your journey to becoming a ski instructor is to get as fit as possible.
Skiing and snowboarding are challenging sports that require a high level of cardiovascular fitness, balance and muscle strength.
To get the most out of your course (and keep up with the instructors) it’s best to start training early.
Here are some exercises that can complement your skiing technique:

  • Running
  • Cycling
  • Swimming
  • Yoga

There are also lots of strength exercises that you can do from home or in the gym;

  • Lunges
  • Squats
  • Planks
  • Deep stretches

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Research the Right Course for You

Before you go ahead with your course, it’s important to make sure you’ve found the right one for you.
Here are a few things to ask yourself;

  • Where do I want to train?
  • Where do I want to teach?
  • How long do I have for the course?
  • What is my ability level?
  • What do I want to get out of the course?

Answering these questions will give you a better idea of what you’re looking for and help you find the right fit for you. Follow the link here to narrow down options and pick the course that most suites you!

Arranging Your Travel

Finally, don’t forget to book your travel!
Start your adventure the way you mean to go on, with a safe, secure and stress-free journey. Alps2Alps offer professional, low-cost ski transfers to all the major skiing destinations in the Alps. If you’re looking for an efficient, friendly service, a ski transfer with Alps2Alps is just the ticket.

 

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